It’s not far-fetched to say that Disney’sThe Little Mermaid started the whole mermaid trend. From mermaid toast to mermaid swimsuits, we’re always looking for ways to channel our inner Ariel, the original mermaid. She’s curious and hungry for adventure, and her flowy locks are major hairspiration. Here at Brit + Co, our mermaid love is strong, which is why today we’re showing you how to host an Ariel-inspired boozy brunch. Trust us: You’ll want this spread to be part of your world.

When putting together this brunch, we thought carefully about playing with color and texture. This sequin ombre tablecloth instantly added mermaid vibes to the spread, and after scattering pebbles and starfish, we really felt like we were under the sea!

The ocean terrarium centerpiece looks magical but only takes minutes to make. Grab a glass vase or fishbowl and fill the bottom with sand. Arrange faux coral, sea shells, starfish, and pebbles in the sand to create a dreamy sea floor scene.

Ariel’s Life Is the Bubbles Cocktail

We’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, but our world wouldn’t be complete without this delightful, bubbly cocktail. Just grab a cocktail shaker and the ingredients below to get started!


Makes 1 serving

  • 1 1/2 ounces blue curacao
  • 1/2 ounce Midori
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces sparkling water
  • orange
  • lemon

Start off by pouring the blue curacao, Midori, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Squeeze in a slice of orange. Now, shake, shake, shake! Pour the lovely blue-green concoction into a cocktail glass. Top the glass off with some bubbly water and lemon slices. And there ya have it!

Life is the bubbles, under the sea!

Aren’t you in love with these mermaid waffles? Make your favorite waffle recipe and break them into fourths. Melt down white candy melts and add a couple drops of blue and purple food coloring. Stir once or twice to get a marble-y pattern and dip your waffle piece halfway in them. Sprinkle some candy pearls on top. For a more detailed tutorial on mermaid-ifying food, check out this mermaid cookie post.

We just had to pay homage to Ariel’s signature red hair. Place a seashell on top of a folded red napkin for each place setting. Remember to use your dinglehopper to eat, not to brush your hair!

Speaking of dinglehoppers, use little appetizer forks to hold starfish fruit. Use star cookie cutters to cut starfish out of melon and stack together.

Omg, how cute are these little clam shell cookies?! Squeeze a little frosting on a cookie and place another cookie diagonally on top. Place a sugar pearl in the middle and ta-da! A little clam cookie.

Look at this brunch? Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think our menu’s complete?

Darling, it’s better… Down where it’s wetter… Take it from meeee!

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Author: Irene Lee

DIY Production and Styling: Karen Pham and Irene Lee

Photography: Brittany Griffin